Today the California State Board of Education (SBE) announced the first grantees for year one of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant. Enacted last year, this grant program will provide $900 million over the next three years to help schools provide high-quality, sequenced career technical education (CTE).
“The Linked Learning Alliance congratulates the districts and charter organizations receiving CTE Incentive Grant funds,” said Darrell Steinberg, Chairman of the Linked Learning Alliance. “We applaud their commitment to use these resources to help prepare all students – the next generation of leaders and innovators – for college and career. When integrated with college preparatory academics, work-based learning, and student supports, CTE helps students prepare for college success while gaining skills and earning credentials valued by employers. The integration of high quality, sequenced CTE, rigorous academics, work-based learning, and supports for students, are core components of Linked Learning.”
“Many districts and charter schools selected for this funding are already a part of the Linked Learning field and are committed to strategic regional approaches to build high quality Linked Learning pathways that align with local and state economic priorities. The CTE Incentive Grant awards will augment the work these regions started with support from the California Careers Pathways Trust grant program.”
Linked Learning and California’s investment in this approach are gaining national recognition. Last November at the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools the White House highlighted Linked Learning as a strategy for reinventing the high school experience to empower students to seize opportunities in today’s economy and preparing students for success in college and career.
In March, the SBE is expected to announce a second set of grantees for the CTE Incentive Grant.